The 1%

I want to discuss a quote from a book by David Goggins, "Can't Hurt Me." It is an amazing book, I would recommend to anyone, well that is not overly sensitive. In full disclosure it is explicit. He is a retired Navy Seal and his language is that of a sailor, in this case it is not a stereotype.

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He quoted a Greek philosopher named Heracultis who was alive about 500 BC. There are some debates to if he actually wrote this but the consensus attribute it to him through some other publications around a thousand years later. We will just assume he did write it for the sake of this post.

"Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back." -Heraclitus

Obviously this is talking about battle; war was fought differently than what we have seen the last one hundred years. Prior to World War I, for the most part men were lined up, marched towards each other, and were basically led to slaughter. While none of these movies are historically accurate think of Braveheart, Troy, or the opening scenes of Gladiator.

I want to talk today about the 1% today, we have a negative connotation with what the 1% is. I am a fraud we associate it with the Anti-Wall Street movement, the "eat the rich" kind of mindset. Let's get rid of the 1% when really we should have been protesting the one 10th of 1%, because to be 1% as far as income goes in this country, it's not a huge number. Now, some of you might be listening, going, wow, it is a huge number, but if you're between 30 and 40 and you make over $250,000 a year, you're probably in the 1% of income earners for your age bracket. But I think we've got a negative thought process with that. That wealth was a bad thing, but I don't want to talk just about wealth. Although I think it's a component in this. Do you want to be the 1%?

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